All in a Night\’s Work Film Details
Overview: Tony Ryder takes over his dead uncle’s media empire while trying to keep quiet the mysterious circumstances of his death in a Palm Beach hotel room.
Tagline: It’s nice work – and you can get it!
Review: It’s misunderstanding after misunderstanding and presumed blackmail, all over a young woman who saved a man’s life who presumably ended up dying afterwards anyway. Shirley MacLaine is in another corporate setting as a working girl who finds herself at the mercy of the executive suite, and while this is different than “The Apartment”, she its still the same type of quirky girl that she was there. It’s a wacky, confusing script that leaves out a lot of detail until the end, and what you end up with is a fun romp that is just simply there to enjoy for the laughs, the glorious Technicolor and some fabulous fashions with a cast of veterans from movies, stage and TV who are always a joy to watch. Playboy Dean Martin has been chosen to take over chairman of the board of his late uncle’s company, and they are dealing with trying to find out who the young woman was who was seen running out of his hotel room. As it turns out, Shirley MacLaine, a member of the research team, was the girl, and she is perplexed by the gift of a fur by a man whom we later learn is not even involved in anything other than drunkenly ogling her, before she pulled him out of a pool and later after she took him to his hotel room. She is engaged to pet psychiatrist Cliff Robertson, and he has enough problems with his clients and his domineering mother, Mabel Albertson and fun-loving henpecked father Charlie Ruggles (identical to his grandfather from “The Parent Trap”), while MacLaine is dealing with all sorts of suspicions coming out of her firm. The confusion gets greater when she goes out with Robertson and his parents, and finds that the company is following her around, giving her cart blanc everywhere she goes hoping she’ll drop the blackmail. It’s soon obvious that she’s falling for Martin while the Ralph Bellamy like Robertson becomes more suspicious about his fiance’s actions and if they are actually compatible. This is the only film that I recall seeing Norma Crane of “Fiddler on the Roof” in, but in addition to Albertson, TV audiences will also recognize Richard Deacon, Gale Gordon and Mary Treen among others. This isn’t a bad film, just hectic and at times truly ridiculous, but it’s one of those 60’s films that is so wonderful and it’s absurdity that you just can’t help but enjoy it. MacLaine and Martin do have terrific chemistry which helps as well. And it’s all in 90 minutes which makes it all the more easy to enjoy.
Country: United States
Duration: 94 min
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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